Posted in About Me, Celebration Quilts, My Quilts, Publishing, tagged Anniversary Quilts, Baby Quilts, Birthday Quilts, Celebration Quilts, Celebration Quilts Book, Creating Celebration Quilts, Cyndi Souder, Memory Quilts, Tee Shirt Quilts, Tribute Quilts, Wedding Quilts, workshop, workshops on Monday, June 3, 2013|
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I love making quilts that celebrate something — events, milestones, the lives of lost loved ones, or even a special vacation. I relish the design decisions, the fabric choices, the execution, and the joy of seeing the quilt completed. I have made many, many celebration quilts. Some have been for myself, but mostly they have been for others.
I wrote Creating Celebration Quilts to help you design and create your own Celebration Quilts. Using the skills you have now, you can create quilts that are personal, meaningful, joyful, and healing. In my book, I have included four sections to help you through the process:
- The Celebration Quilt Worksheet will help you design your Celebration Quilt and offer you things to consider as you work through the process.
- A Closer Look follows five Celebration Quilts from concept to completion, including quilts made from a commercially available foundation piecing pattern, from a roll of precut strips, from a large collection of bow ties and a bulletin board full of quotes, from tee shirts and traditional nine-patch blocks, and from clothing and artifacts belonging to a spirited man I wish I’d met while he was still with us.
- The Celebration Quilt Toolbox contains tips and suggestions for taming difficult fabrics, using photographs, approaching the quilting, incorporating quilted words, constructing show-ready hanging sleeves, and adding complete and meaningful labels.
- The Celebration Quilts Gallery is filled with ideas and inspiration with examples of baby quilts, wedding and anniversary quilts, quilts that celebrate the lives of lost loved ones, and quilts that celebrate family, family traditions, birthdays, accomplishments, events, and travel.
When I teach Celebration Quilts as a class or workshop, I am always surprised and moved by the stories I hear. Often, the quilters I meet are planning quilts to honor family members and we talk about the linens, clothing, and collections that have been left behind. Sometimes quilts are planned to commemorate weddings, anniversaries, births, and graduations. I’d love to hear your stories…what do your quilts celebrate?
Leave a comment by Sunday, June 30, 2013, and you will be entered into a drawing for your choice of either a free copy of my book or a free consultation on a celebration quilt you’re planning or working on.
Creating Celebration Quilts is available on my website and at quilt shops everywhere.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Celebrate with Quilts!
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A little while ago, I had the chance to do an interview with Pat Sloan for her radio show on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio. We covered a lot of territory, talking about the Power Suits Art Quilts, the tribute quilts I make, and my new book, Creating Celebration Quilts, due out in Spring 2013. Pat’s always a lot of fun and I really enjoyed talking with her. To listen to my interview:
Don’t forget to let me know what you think!
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Posted in Product Reviews, Publishing on Friday, July 31, 2009|
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So, how does a Kindle Addiction relate to quilting? Read on and I’ll tell you.
For those of you who know me, it will come as no surprise that I am an electronic gizmo junkie. I can’t afford to feed my habit as regularly as I’d like or I’d have an iTouch, a Blackberry, a better laptop computer…but I digress. The point is I have some toys.
I didn’t realize I was a junkie until one weekend when my husband and I were driving to the outlaws for a visit. We were collaborating on an eBook we’re writing and I found myself defending all of the stuff I had in the front of my Honda Element – plugged in, charging, or in use. My iPod was plugged into the auxiliary jack, playing one of my favorite playlists. My cell phone was charging, my laptop was up and running Word (We were writing, remember?), and I had my Kindle out so that I could see how well one of my PDFs held its format when it was transferred to the Kindle. Maybe I have a little bit of a problem.
Okay, back to the Kindle. I saved for my new Kindle for almost a year. I had a hard time justifying the purchase of an electronic book reader as long as I could simply open a paper book and read it myself. Why spend the money to buy the electronic reader and then spend additional money to buy each book? Oh, but I wanted it. I really, really wanted it. Finally, I made the purchase and waited eagerly for the UPS man to stop at my house. Of course, it arrived while I was out of town teaching at a quilt show!
You may be thinking that you love books and you’d miss the feel of the book in your hand, the intrinsic beauty of words on the page, the instant knowledge of how far you’ve read and how much you have left. The little voice in the back of my head was afraid I’d miss it too. But no. Here’s why I love my Kindle and how it all relates to quilting.
- My one little Kindle will store about 1,500 books. Now I have more room on my shelves for fabric and pretty design books that shouldn’t be read on a screen.
- Kindle books are less expensive than paper books. Most bestsellers are around ten dollars for the Kindle, even those only available in hardback. Some are more expensive, but many are less. In fact, I’m reading some books that were free. That means more money to spend on fabric and paints and thread.
- I can shop for books from my laptop or directly from my Kindle and download them directly to the Kindle within 60 seconds. There are over 300,000 books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs available. No need to drive to a book store and interrupt sewing time.
- I don’t need my computer or a wireless network to download a book. I can shop directly from the Kindle from anywhere there is a 3G network for mobile phones. While I’m waiting for my flight to a quilt show or I’m in a hotel room after giving a lecture or workshop, I can always find something I want to read.
I’ll take my Kindle to the Houston show this year and I’ll be able to carry it with me in my purse (because it’s lightweight), read whenever I’m on sensory overload and need a break (because it has an incredibly long battery life before you need to recharge), and shop for new books right there in the Convention Center (assuming there’s a 3G network there).
Now if I could just get the Kindle to clean my house, I’d have so much more time…
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- Lesley Riley’s New Book
When I started this blog, I never really thought about doing reviews, but Lesley Riley’s new book has made me to want to share. Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur is the book I would have asked for if I had really thought about it. My friend Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts has been talking about Lutradur for a while and I’ve been reading about it on the pages of Quilting Arts magazine. In fact, Laura Cater-Woods talked about it in class last year. Well, hearing about it wasn’t enough; I wanted to know more.
That’s where Lesley’s new book comes in. She starts out by telling you about Lutradur — what it is, how it’s made, and why it’s so special. Then she describes 27 things you can do with Lutradur from adding color and pattern (think of the fun things you can do with paint, inks, and dyes), screening and printing, glueing and fusing, needle felting, and even using heat to cut and distort it.
After the techniques, Lesley shares a broad array of projects made by a variety of fiber artists. There’s a project for every taste and temperament, incorporating the techniques in the earlier section of the book. Want to stamp and stencil? It’s in there. Want to create three-dimensional objects with Lutradur? It’s in there. It’s all in there. I can’t wait to try some of these wonderful ideas.
And she makes a suggestion that I really appreciate: she says to pick a new technique for which you already have the tools and try it on one of the pieces of Lutradur included in the back of the book. Yup! The book includes one sheet each of two different weights of Lutradur. And so once you’ve bought the book, you can actually play with the Lutradur without any additional purchases.
Even with the Lutradur in the book, you’ll eventually want more. I recommend visiting Artistic Artifacts’ website for either the 70g- or 100g-weight fiber. To buy the book, visit the Favorite Things page on my website and follow the link. The book is also available from Artistic Artifacts (in person in Alexandria, VA, or online) and the Quilt Patch in Fairfax, VA.
Have some fun with this new mystery fiber. And send me pictures of what you do! I’d love to see it.
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